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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Discus Dude and Me


It's Sunday afternoon and I've been so busy this weekend that I feel like Discus Dude best represents my struggle. He is resolute in his determination to toss that discus farther than anyone believes possible, and I am resolute in my determination to do everything on my list of things to do. Of course, there are some differences between us. Discus Dude is a bit more muscular than I am, but my head is a more normal size in relation to my body, so we're even. Don't burn your backside on that eternal flame, Discus Dude!

The image, as most New Yorkers will probably guess, comes from your typical New York coffee cup. In this case, the coffee cup is from David's Bagels on First Avenue at 14th Street, an excellent New York bagel shop which happens to be run by people from Thailand.

I should also give credit for the term Discus Dude to Meghan McCormick of the Globe Trekker series of travel shows. Jenn and I love Globe Trekker. I bought the DVD set for Greece before we went on our honeymoon (to Greece) and Meghan did the Greek Islands portion. Meghan is a great presenter (of course we are also fond of the great Ian Wright and Justine Shapiro, who essentially defined the genre for those who came after them). I'm less of a fan of the young lady who did mainland Greece, who seems a bit of a snob. Anyway, Meghan was perusing some of the replicas of ancient Greek statuary available in a tourist shop, and she highlighted Discus Dude. So we bought one while we were there, as a tribute.

As for being busy, I'm not lamenting my situation at all, just trying to get it all done before our little boy comes into the world on or around Latvian Independence Day (November 18). There's nothing like impending fatherhood to motivate you to get your house in order. My list of things to do is so long I had to tape two pieces of paper together. Essentially, I've got to finish about three ongoing freelance projects in order to get "well-begun" on a fourth. My main accomplishment today, however, was scrubbing the upstairs bathroom, which I did with alacrity. My hands still smell bleachy, but it's the smell of cleanliness. It's not my favorite pastime, but there is some satisfaction to scrubbing a toilet, or at least having scrubbed a toilet.

It's a lovely fall day in New York. The sun is out and the temperature is 22 degrees celcius (71 F). Now it's back to work for me. Enjoy your Columbus Day tomorrow, those who have it off (unlike me).

4 Comments:

Blogger allison said...

YES I KNOW ALL ABOUT TO MUCH TO DO VICTOR, THIS WEEK HAS BEEN TO CRAZY! THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY FOR ALL THE THINGS TO DO! WE HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR OUR DAUGHTER ON FRIDAY, WHICH I HAVE BEEN BUYING AND DECORATING FOR THEN MORE PRESENTS FOR OTHERS, CAUSE WE ALSO HAVE 2 MORE BIRTHDAYS TO CONQUER ON SAT. AND SUN. I CANT WAIT TILL THIS IS OVER! THEN I CAN REST!TROY AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR ONE MORE CHILD SINCE JANUARY WITH NO LUCK, HOWEVER WE THINK I MAYBE PREGNANT THIS MONTH! WE HOPE! THIS WILL BE OUR LAST!! THEY ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!! I CANT WAIT TILL YOURS GETS HERE SO I CAN HEAR FROM YOU HOW UNBELIEVABLE IT IS!!!
THE CROSBYS

6:17 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

You're much better looking than Discus Dude (and he's perfectly useless when it comes to cleaning house or helping with other projects).

6:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey dude,

My girlfriend was trying to dig up dirt on me googling and come up with your blog. I had to come check it out. My name is Craig Ozols and I am also 36. I like more than the drivering rage and golf has ruined my life (kidding). I carry a 6 handicap but tis inflated.

I live in Cali and my dad is Latvian. I have a blog too but it is mostly my political bs and is quite nasty but....hey politics is nasty these days. http://www.xanga.com/tendollar4ways
Nice to see another Ozols. Not many around these parts.

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Benidorm said...

Don't burn your backside on that eternal flame, Discus Dude!

6:31 PM  

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